Raptors snap Rockets' 17-game winning streak

The Rockets hadn't lost since January, and James Harden - who lived up to his MVP-level billing with 40 points - remains supremely confident.

Kahron Spearman

In a playoff atmosphere, the Toronto Raptors overcame a furious comeback by the Houston Rockets, to escape with a home 108-105 win on Friday night, ending the Rockets' 17-game winning streak.

Kyle Lowry poured in 30 points, DeMar DeRozan had 23 points to lead Toronto. MVP candidate James Harden scored a game-high 40 points, as Houston came up on the losing end for the first time since Jan. 26 at New Orleans.

Still leading the Western Conference, the Rockets remain a half-game up on the Golden State Warriors, who were soundly beaten by the Portland Trail Blazers 125-108 on Friday night. 

I don't even feel like we lost. Same swagger. Nothing changed. It's one game.

James Harden
Guard, Houston Rockets

The Rockets had a chance to tie during the final possession. Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, who inbounded the ball, would get it back near the top of the key. Double teamed, he passed it out to Harden who had a clean look, but was four steps from halfcourt. The heave would sail away from the basket.

The Eastern Conference-leading Raptors improved to an NBA-best 28-5 at home. They appear to have the matchup advantage, as the win was their seventh straight win over the Rockets - in what could be a future NBA Finals matchup.